- Yard is defined as a measurement of length that equals 3 feet or 36 inches.
An example of a yard is the length measurement that is used to sell fabric.
- The definition of a yard is an outdoor area of a house or other building.
- An example of a yard is the lawn in front of your house; a front yard.
- An example of a yard is the area around a train repair center where trains are stored; a rail yard.
A pleasant front yard.
yard definition by Webster's New World
- a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches (0.9144 meter): abbrev. yd
- a cubic yard, equal to 27 cubic feet or 46,656 cubic inches (0.7646 cubic meter)
- a slender rod or spar, tapering toward the ends, fastened at right angles across a mast to support a sail
- the transverse member of a mast on non-sailing ships: used to hold signal flags, lights, etc.
- ☆ Slang one hundred dollars or, sometimes, one thousand dollars
Origin: Middle English yerde ; from Old English gierd, rod, staff, yard measure, akin to obsolete German gerte, rod ; from Indo-European an unverified form hazdho-, variant, variety of base an unverified form ghasto-, rod, pole from source Classical Latin hasta, pole, spear
- the space or grounds surrounding or surrounded by a building or group of buildings: often in combination: churchyard, farmyard, etc.
- a plot of grass adjacent to a building, house, etc.
- a pen or other enclosure for livestock or poultry
- an enclosed place used for a particular purpose or business: a lumberyard, shipyard
- a place where wild deer, moose, etc. herd together for feeding during the winter
- a railroad center where trains are made up, serviced, switched from track to track, etc.
Origin: Middle English yerd ; from Old English geard, enclosure, akin to Old Norse garthr, Old High German gart, garden ; from Indo-European an unverified form gherdh-, to enclose, surround (from source girdle, Russian górod, town) ; from base an unverified form her-, to grasp, contain
yard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Abbr. yd. A fundamental unit of length in both the U.S. Customary System and the British Imperial System, equal to 3 feet, or 36 inches (0.9144 meter). See Table at measurement.
- Nautical A long tapering spar slung to a mast to support and spread the head of a square sail, lugsail, or lateen.
Origin: Middle English yerde, stick, unit of measure, from Old English gerd.
- A tract of ground next to, surrounding, or surrounded by a building or buildings.
- A tract of ground, often enclosed, used for a specific business or activity.
- An area where railroad trains are made up and cars are switched, stored, and serviced on tracks and sidings.
- a. A winter pasture for deer or other grazing animals.b. An enclosed tract of ground in which animals, such as chickens or pigs, are kept.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English geard; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
yard - Investment & Finance Definition
In the foreign exchange market, one billion currency units.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
yard - Phrases/Idioms
the whole nine yards
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yard - Science Definition